The judge of the BHAC Poetry Competition

Dr Jess Moriarty – Course Leader  of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Brighton

Jess Moriarty devised and is now course leader for the Creative Writing MA and English Literature and Creative Writing BA. Her work seeks to support her students’ confidence with creativity. She is passionate about  developing their writing skills in a range of genres and help them to identify links between their passion for writing and the world beyond the classroom. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary practice, community engagement and non-traditional academic writing practices.

Dr Jess Moriarty will be the chair of judging for the Brighton and Hove Poetry Competition and decide on the £1000 prize.

Jess’s research focusses on autoethnography and innovative creative writing teaching strategies with undergraduate and post-graduate students. She explores the overlap between personal, creative and academic writing. This formed the basis of her Professional Doctorate in Education. Dr Moriarty looked at how to make academic writing more personal and creative and included a play based on her autobiographical and researched experiences with academic life.

She graduated from the University of Sussex with a Creative Writing MA in 2002 and joined the University of Brighton soon after, winning a Teaching Excellence award for her workshops with undergraduates. In those workshops Jess aims to ignite inspiration and motivation with the writing process.

Jess is the co-founder of the university’s Work Write Live, . This provides a range of writing short courses and volunteering opportunities for students to develop the vocational and academic skills they are acquiring on their degree programmes. She has been interviewed by the Times Higher Educational Supplement about her workshops and won an Innovation Award for her retreats.  This is where participants are encouraged to develop confidence with writing and speaking. Under the banner of Work Write Live, students are able to run open mic evenings, produce creative writing anthologies and organise an end-of-year graduating show.

She has published in a range of journals and edited books, co-edited journals for the JWCP and is currently co-editing a book on narratives from teaching for Sense Publishers. Jess has written her own book, Analytical Autoethnodrama, and has also published poems – nearly always about her children.  She has  well as adapted a novel into a screenplay for a branch of De Lane Lea Productions.

Dr Jess Moriarty has worked extensively to encourage young talent and is pivotal in producing the BHAC Poetry Competition and Festival to encourage her students.